The Train

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Updated: July 22nd, 2015

The Train

A Musical by Arthur Riordan and Bill Whelan


Ireland, 1971: the church and the state are in glorious – and very close – harmony. They are also deaf to the voices of women, who are routinely paid less than men, in jobs they must often give up once they marry, at which time they become, by law, their husbands’ property.
But they have another cause for concern. While contraceptives are available in Northern Ireland they are illegal in the Republic. Determined to challenge the unbending laws of Ireland, a troublesome group of women decide to take a train to Belfast and return to Dublin with this forbidden fruit.
A new musical from Rough Magic Theatre Company, this is the world premiere of The Train, featuring music by Bill Whelan (Riverdance) and lyrics by Arthur Riordan (Improbable Frequency). It tells the story of the infamous contraceptive train, of a nation’s obsession with sex, and of a small group of courageous women, whose short journey marked the beginning of a modern odyssey.
Directed by Lynne Parker
Cast: Clare Barrett, Kate Gilmore, Darragh Kelly, Emmet Kirwan, Lisa Lambe, Karen McCartney, Danielle Galligan, Sophie Jo Wasson
Music: Bill Whelan
Book and Lyrics: Arthur Riordan
Set and Lighting Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Design: Joan O’Clery
Music Director: Cathal Synnott

“Immensely impressive and, more importantly, enormously entertaining.”

Irish Times on Improbable Frequency

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